In 2001, the television series was revived on The Discovery Channel, with well-known chat show host Clive Anderson in the role of the interrogator. The new series was a hit, and former BBC host Magnus Magnusson even appeared to spring a surprise on the finalists by handing over the season trophy to winner Michael Penrice.
Magnus Magnusson, who has died aged 77, was an industrious journalist, writer, broadcaster and public servant destined to have his other achievements overshadowed by his masterly stewardship of the BBC’s television quiz show Mastermind.
The final episode of the original run was recorded, appropriately, at St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney. At the end of the programme the famous black chair was given to Magnus Magnusson.
Magnus Magnusson was born in Reykjavik on October 12 1929. When he was nine months old his family moved to Edinburgh (his father was Icelandic Consul-General for Scotland), and he was educated at Edinburgh Academy, from where he won a scholarship to read English at Jesus College, Oxford.
I will counter your disgust for strongman competitions not by disagreeing with you, but by simply applauding everything you find so disreputable with the sport. In fact, I will applaud the (World Strongest Man) event for understanding their audience and their afternoon / after midnight time slot. The WSM competitions are broadcast at the laziest possible time slot…a time when it’s audience (me) is nodding off for an afternoon nap and or channel surfing the absurdist theater of Cheaters or Maury or Dr. Phil. I content the balls to the wall, vein throbbing, muscle meat carnival that is WSM is the only sporting event that can content with the cool demeanor of Joey Greco, nay the paternity testing social provocateur that is Mr. Maury Povich. It is a shear thrill to watch these hulks in action, who usually hail from far away frosty northern countries and have ridiculous names like Magnus Magnusson (the Brett Favre of the sport, a chiseled Nordic legend who just won’t go away despite the absence of remaining ligaments).
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Magnus Magnusson was born in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1929. He grew up in Edinburgh, where his father was the Icelandic consul, and went to school at the Edinburgh Academy.
WITH his ready smile, avuncular and kindly nature he was for 25 years an institution on television. From 1972-97 Magnus Magnusson presented Mastermind - the programme that sat a contestant in that forbidding black leather chair while Magnusson fired questions thick and fast. The questions varied from the contestant's chosen subject to general knowledge. It was always done with a wit and style that gave the programme its central energy. Magnusson himself was a learned and well-read man, so he knew when to accept an answer. But it was his warm and genial personality that enlivened the programme; he came across as a benevolent senior master who was willing his pupils to do well.
Magnus Magnusson is a community development expert who has designed distinctive and award-winning projects throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley. He founded Magnusson Architecture and Planning and currently serves as its managing principal. In this capacity, he provides strategic vision for the firm and guides talented teams of architects and planners on mixed-use and affordable housing developments, state-of-the-art community projects, healthcare facilities, and large-scale planning projects.Mastermind's current presenter, John Humphrys said: "You can't waltz into the programme as the new boy, like I was, and after a few years say 'oh it's my programme'. The fact is it will always be Magnus Magnusson's Mastermind."Magnus Magnusson, (; 12 October 1929 – 7 January 2007) was an Icelandic journalist, translator, writer and television presenter. Born in , he lived in for almost all of his life, although he never took British citizenship. He came to prominence as a television journalist, and was best known as the presenter of the BBC television quiz programme , which he hosted for 25 years.Magnus Magnusson was born in Iceland in 1929. His family moved to Scotland when he was a baby, when his father was appointed European manager of the Icelandic Co-Op. His father subsequently became Iceland's consul-general in Scotland, and the family settled there.